Safety Marcus Maye is still dealing with an ankle injury he suffered last season but is still progressing well so far this offseason.
All throughout organized team activities and mandatory minicamp of the New York Jets, safety Marcus Maye has been on the sidelines and limited in participation. The Jets are being cautious in overworking him as they want to let his injury heal naturally and ultimately be ready for training camp come next month.
Dealing with an ankle injury isn’t easy but Maye is making the most out of it as he rehabs his way back to full health. Maye was able to take a step back and focus on the mental aspect of his game which is also a big part of being a top all-around safety in the NFL.
Head coach Todd Bowles likes what he’s been seeing from Maye which is absorbing what he sees on the gridiron from an outside perspective. Maye has been studying his fellow defensive backs and also what opposing receiving options are doing to create separation and make big plays. All of this will undoubtedly help him hone his craft even further.
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In an article written by Ethan Greenberg of NewYorkJets.com, here is what Bowles said about Maye’s progress so far this season in dealing with his ankle injury:
“Obviously from a mental standpoint, from him watching film and seeing the game from a different vantage point, you want him to get better in that second year mentally, seeing some things,” Bowles said. “Some things he might’ve missed the first year as a rookie. He’s been doing a lot of studying and doing it from a sideline approach.”
Entering his sophomore season, this is a great way for Maye to make the most out of being injured and bringing a whole new aspect to his game. Maye has quietly been a solid safety for the Jets after coming off a strong rookie season as he’d rather let his actions on the field speak for him than talk about his impact.
In 2017, Maye totaled 56 tackles, two interceptions, two passes defended, and one forced fumble. Maye has the potential to be a defensive cornerstone for the Jets as he’s likely going to be just fine for training camp and for the season ahead.